Mikroe is a fast-growing company focused on development toolchains for all major microcontroller architectures. With their commitment to excellent, reliable and fully equipped hardware and software products, their goal is to help fellow engineers get the job done quickly.
True to their commitment, Mikroe decided to integrate Trinamic’s TMC5130 into their development ecosystem, as Aleksandar Mitrovic, Product Marketing Manager at the Serbian company explains. “The specialized TMC5130 IC driver from Trinamic far exceeds the capabilities of similar step motor drivers that are commonly used.”
Together with Trinamic, they developed a Click Board™ based on the TMC5130, called the Silent Step click. This board is a universal expansion of the Mikroe rapid development boards ecosystem and designed with a wide variety of use cases in mind. As such, the small piece of hardware can be used with many different boards and MCUs to develop motor control applications as quick as possible.
With the complete integrated bipolar stepper motor driver solution, Mikroe extends their toolchain and offers engineers a direct substitution for many complex motion controllers for various industrial motion control purposes, such as CNC, textile or sewing Machines, ATMs/Cash recyclers, pumps, valves, printers, scanners, medical devices, and many more.
“Supported by a mikroSDK compliant library, the Silent Step click is basically the “intelligence and power” between the main MCU, as a motion controller, and the two-phase stepper motor,” continues Aleksandar.
“The device achieves outstanding performance with a wide range of various step motors, thanks to several technologies featured, such as stallGuard2™, spreadCycle™, stealthChop™, microPlayer™ and many more.”
Users can combine the Silent Step click with any development board on the market that has a mikroBUS socket. Whether the application demands an 8bit, 16bit, 32bit microcontroller or even processor or FPGA, Mikroe’s Silent Step click board is compatible with any 3.3V or 5V boards, using the SPI interface for communication.
Testing and developing with the Silent Step click is easy. Besides a main board, users only need to connect the stepper motor and power as shown in the picture, and it’s ready to go.